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The One Royal Title Prince Andrew Still Hasn't Given Up

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The One Royal Title Prince Andrew Still Hasn't Given Up

After agreeing to settle the sex assault claim made against him by Virginia Giuffre, Prince Andrew has managed to hold on to one of his royal titles.

In January, the Queen stripped Andrew of his royal patronages, titles and military roles, removing him from all official royal life.

But as he prepared to fight the civil lawsuit, the 61-year-old kept one significant title, and after Tuesday's settlement, people are calling on him to give it up.

Prince Andrew settled out of court this week. (Credit: PA Images)
Prince Andrew settled out of court this week. (Credit: PA Images)
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While he is now barred from using the style HRH or 'his Royal Highness' in any official capacity, Prince Andrew is still officially the Duke of York.

Prince Andrew has held the Duke of York title since his marriage to Sarah Ferguson in 1986, and was expected to hold it for life.

However, after reaching a financial settlement with accuser Virginia Giuffre this week, there have been renewed calls for the Prince to drop his last remaining title.

On Wednesday, Labour MP for York Central Rachaek Maskell described the allegations against Prince Andrew as a "source of deep hurt and embarrassment" for the people of York.

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Prince Andrew has held the Duke of York title since his marriage to Sarah Ferguson in 1986 (Credit: Alamy)
Prince Andrew has held the Duke of York title since his marriage to Sarah Ferguson in 1986 (Credit: Alamy)

Unlike his other titles, the 'Duke of York' cannot be removed by the Queen alone, and must be done through parliament.

Darryl Smalley of York City Council has shared plans to write to MPs to "raise our concerns and discuss any possible ways of ending Prince Andrew's connection" to the city.

Following his settlement with Virginia Giuffre this week, the royal has pledged to "demonstrate his regret for his association with Epstein" and says he will make a "substantial donation" to Virginia Giuffre's charity.

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Prince Andrew's Duke of York title cannot be removed by the Queen alone. (Credit: Alamy)
Prince Andrew's Duke of York title cannot be removed by the Queen alone. (Credit: Alamy)

Giuffre, 38, had accused Jeffrey Epstein and his then-associate Ghislaine Maxwell of sexual abuse, and claims she was "forced to have sex" with the Duke of York when she was 17 years old.

She also accused the Prince of “battery”.

Prince Andrew has always denied the historic allegations.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: News, Royal Family

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